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October 20, 2014

Urban designer, author to present APDesign lecture Oct. 23

Submitted by Thom Jackson


Urban designer and author Julie Campoli will present "Density by the Foot" as part of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design's landscape architecture and regional & community planning department distinguished lecture series at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the K-State Student Union's Little Theater.

The lecture will discuss what makes a place walkable, such as connections, density, diversity, proximity, complete streets and other characteristics of urban form.

"Assembling this kit of parts into truly livable places requires a sensibility lost to 21st century Americans, one in which the increments of urban space are grounded in human footsteps rather than vehicle miles," Campoli said. "After decades of sprawl, can we recalibrate our sense of scale and speed to think small and build dense?"

Campoli writes about urban form and the changing landscape. She combines a planner's perspective with a designer's sensibility to illustrate the built environment and the processes that shape it. She is the author of "Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form," and co-author of "Visualizing Density" and "Above and Beyond: Visualizing Change in Small Towns and Rural Areas."

She has developed innovative graphic techniques to help people understand the relationship between design concepts and actual urban environments. Her most recent book, "Made for Walking," uses hundreds of photographs, montages, maps and diagrams of North American neighborhoods to illustrate the types of urban form that make sustainable transportation possible. She conducts workshops and lectures throughout the country on issues of smart growth, transportation, urban design and density.

Her Burlington, Vermont-based practice, Terra Firma Urban Design, specializes in site planning for affordable housing, emphasizing the infilling of existing neighborhoods. As a consultant to Vermont nonprofits, state agencies and municipalities, she helped steer development toward a more efficient and contextual pattern. 

Campoli has a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and Master of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. She was a 2009-10 Loeb fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

American Institute of Certified Planners members can earn certification maintenance credits for this activity. When credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. Read more information about American Institute of Certified Planners' certification maintenance program.

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